We thought he was lost, but at last he was found:
“In his speech to the nation last night, President Obama claimed that ‘Commanders in Afghanistan repeatedly asked for support to deal with the reemergence of the Taliban, but these reinforcements did not arrive.’ Such a bald misstatement, at least as it pertains to the period I served as Secretary of Defense, deserves a response.”
“I am not aware of a single request of that nature between 2001 and 2006. If any such requests occurred, ‘repeated’ or not, the White House should promptly make them public. The President’s assertion does a disservice to the truth and, in particular, to the thousands of men and women in uniform who have fought, served and sacrificed in Afghanistan.”
Well geez Don – I’ll do you one better. Remember when you said reducing troops in Afghanistan wouldn’t hurt security there?
U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said a planned reduction of U.S. troops in Afghanistan would not weaken the country’s security. Mr. Rumsfeld made his comments during a joint press conference in Kabul with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld dismissed suggestions that the U.S. troop reduction would affect the hunt for Osama bin Laden and other terrorists.
That was in December of 2005. How about now Don? Or how about in May of 2003 when you said combat missions were ending, despite the warnings by NGOs that there was a serious security issue?
We can also talk about your retaliatory behavior towards our commanders when they said there was a need for more troops. Hell – one of them now servers in the Obama administration (see Eric Shinseki). Your tenure at DOD was marred by nothing but incompetence, incompetence that came with one of the heaviest price tags – the lives of our soldiers. Now crawl back under you rock.